Wuliger, Fadel & Beyer LLC

Wuliger, Fadel & Beyer, LLC is a boutique litigation law firm whose lawyers are trained and disciplined in the skills and rigors required for trial practice.

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Firm Overview

WF&B attorneys have backgrounds as federal prosecutors, state prosecutors, public defenders and judicial clerkships.

The firm's practice areas include business litigation, professional malpractice, white collar criminal defense, labor and employment law, family law, and personal injury.

Every client and every case, no matter how large or small, is important to this firm. Lawyers are equipped to handle cases on their own, but when necessary, the firm has the capacity to mobilize a team of lawyers and/or support staff to tackle whatever complexities an individual case may require.

About WF&B:
Wuliger, Fadel & Beyer has been serving the legal requirements of its varied clientele for more than 33 years. WF&B is a boutique litigation firm that represents a broad spectrum of clients including individuals, labor unions, small companies and Fortune 500 corporations in both state and federal courts. The cases we handle cover a wide variety of legal disputes including labor and employment, professional malpractice, business litigation, white collar crime and domestic relations. See the firm's practice areas. The firm is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell's peer review process.

Founded in 1980, WF&B brings a unique blend of experience and commitment to the benefit of each client. Our attorneys collectively offer more than 150 years of legal experience in hundreds of Ohio and federal cases, spanning a variety of industries. A small firm that prides itself on delivering the same professionalism found in larger firms, we set ourselves apart with the personal attention of senior attorneys who act only in our clients' best interests. We also have the flexibility to deliver the appropriate level of resources you need for your case. All of our attorneys -- reflecting our founding partners -- bring a focused mindset to provide tireless, high quality legal counsel that our clients can rely on.
Main Office

Main Office
1340 Sumner Court, The Brownell Building
Cleveland  OH  44115

Phone
  • (216) 781-7777
Fax
  • (216) 781-0621
Business
Wuliger, Fadel & Beyer LLC will represent your Business legal matters.
WFB attorneys appear in all state and federal courts, representing companies and individuals in a variety of civil lawsuits, including:
-Business litigation
-Business torts
-Contract disputes
-Complex Commercial litigation
-Professional Malpractice
-Product liability

William D. Beyer

ISLN: 909042408 Attorney

Practice Areas: White Collar Criminal Defense; Business Litigation; Civil Litigation; Probate

Admitted: 1969, Ohio; 1970, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; 1970, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1983, U.S. Supreme Court; 1987, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; 2005, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Law School: Case Western Reserve University, J.D.

Member: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and American Bar Association.

Biography: Assistant Public Defender, Cuyahoga County, 1969-1971; Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio, 1972-1977; Chief Criminal Section, 1974-1977; U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio, 1977-1978; Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, 1978-1980; Adjunct Faculty, Cleveland State University John Marshall College of Law, 1980-1981; Wuliger Fadel & Beyer, 1980 to date

Born: Lakewood, Ohio, June 28, 1944

Cases: O'Toole v. Denihan, 118 Ohio St.3d 374; Shimola v. Cleveland, 68 Ohio St 3d 1201; Rockey vs. 84 Lumber Co., 66 Ohio St. 3d 221; Surace vs. Wuliger, 25 Ohio St. 3d 229; Shimola vs. Nationwide Ins., 25 Ohio St. 3d 84; Cafferkey vs. Turner Construction, 21 Ohio St.3d 110; Olle, Jr. vs. Henry & Wright Corp., 910 F.2d 357; Warren vs. Society Natl. Bank, 905 F.2d 975; U.S. vs. Fredrick, 872 F. 2d. 779; U.S. vs. Friedrick, 842 F.2d 382; Williams vs. U.S., 582 F.2d 1039; U.S. vs. Callahan, 579 F.2d 398; U.S. vs. Lee, 575 F.2d 1184; U.S. vs. Payner, 572 F.2d 144; U.S. vs. John Doe, 556 F.2d 391.

Bill Beyer has been a trial lawyer for more than forty years.

After graduating from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Mr. Beyer joined the Public Defender's Office in Cleveland, Ohio, where he defended indigent persons accused of crime in both the state and federal courts. He left that office to accept an appointment as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, where for six years he prosecuted criminal cases on behalf of the United States of America. During that service, he served as an instructor in The U.S. Attorney General's Advocacy Institute, was promoted to Chief of the Criminal Division and ultimately appointed by the District Court Judges to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Following his government service, Mr. Beyer joined the national law firm of Jones Day where he represented large corporations in civil lawsuits and grand jury investigations. As a co-founder of Wuliger, Fadel & Beyer, he has continued to represent corporations, large and small, their directors, officers and employees, as well as private individuals in a variety of civil lawsuits, grand jury investigations, and criminal cases.

Mr. Beyer's current representation extends to government investigations conducted by the FBI, IRS, SEC, DOL, FDA, the Ohio Inspector General's Office and numerous other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. When necessary, he has defended individuals prosecuted by federal or state county prosecutors. His wide range of clients include owners/executives of both small and large companies, accountants, lawyers, doctors, professional athletes, labor leaders, politicians, stock brokers and members of law enforcement.

In the civil arena, he has defended clients in government administrative actions, as well as private lawsuits between companies alleging contract disputes, UCC violations, business torts, minority shareholder claims, anti-trust violations, and the protection of proprietary interests.

Respected by his peers, Mr. Beyer has been a perennial selection to both Ohio's Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, he has for the past 30 plus years, received Martindale-Hubbell's highest Peer Review Rating of "AV" based on legal ability and ethical practices.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Greater Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.
Education
  • Case Western Reserve University
    Juris Doctorate

Timothy R. Fadel

ISLN: 920911660
Attorney

Practice Areas:
Labor and Employment(75%); Appellate Practice(10%); Criminal Law(15%)

Admitted: 2003, Ohio; 2010, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Law School: Cleveland State University, J.D.

Member: American Bar Association.

Biography: Managing Editor, Cleveland State Law Review; Dean's Scholar; Dean's List; Research Assistant to Professor David V. Snyder, "Private Lawmaking", 64 Ohio St. L.J. 371 (2003); Judicial Extern to Hon. John M. Manos, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2002; Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, 2006 - 2009.

Born: Cleveland, Ohio

Cases: Ohio v. Lawrence, 180 Ohio App.3d 468 (8th Dist. 2009).
Education
  • Cleveland State University
    Juris Doctorate

Jonah D. Grabelsky

Attorney

Practice Areas:

Admitted: 2012, Ohio; 2013, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Law School: Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D.

Member: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Born: Skokie, Illinois
Education
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Bernadette M. Matheson

ISLN: 919345438
Attorney

Admitted: 2005, Ohio

Law School: University of Dayton, J.D.

Member: Cleveland, Ohio State and American Bar Associations.

Biography: Law Clerk to Honorable Marcia P. Parsons, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Eastern District of Tennessee, and Member of the 6th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, 2005-2006.

Born: Canton, Ohio, 1979

Bernadette M. Matheson joined Wuliger, Fadel & Beyer in July of 2007. Intelligent and committed, she works with William T. Wuliger, focusing her practice on general litigation and domestic relations.

Ms. Matheson brings with her a strong background in civil and commercial litigation. She obtained her law degree cum laude from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2005, where she was an Executive Editor of Publication for the Law Review. While attending law school, she clerked for two magistrate-judges at the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. She also holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and International Studies from Northwestern University.

Prior to joining the firm, Bernadette served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marcia P. Parsons with the United States Bankruptcy Court in Greeneville, Tennessee and Member of the 6th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. Following her judicial clerkship, Bernadette was an associate at Flagel & Papakirk LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she concentrated in civil and commercial litigation.

She is a member of the Cleveland Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
Education
  • University of Dayton
    Juris Doctorate

Megan Spagnolo

ISLN: 921877164
Attorney

Admitted: 2010, Ohio; 2011, New Mexico (inactive)

Law School: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D.

Member: State Bar of New Mexico; Ohio State and American Bar Associations.

Born: Bedford, Ohio, 1976
Education
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Joan E. Pettinelli

ISLN: 909820440
Attorney

Practice Areas:
General Civil Litigation; Criminal Defense; Business Litigation; Appellate Practice

Admitted: 1990, Ohio; 1994, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; 1994, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit; 2005, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio; 2006, U.S. Supreme Court

Law School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D.

Member: Federal Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; Cleveland Bar Association; Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys.

Biography: Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. Law Clerk to Honorable Thomas D. Lambros, Chief Judge, Northern District of Ohio, 1991-1994. Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Born: Lorain, Ohio, May 15, 1964
Cases: U.S. v. Wells, 623 F.3d 332 (2010); O'Toole v. Denihan, 118 Ohio St.3d 374 (2008); Consolo v. Cleveland, 103 Ohio St.3d 362 (2004); Blair v. City of Cleveland, 148 F.Supp.2d 894 (2000).

Joan E. Pettinelli devotes her practice to litigation in state and federal courts, primarily in the areas of federal criminal defense and business litigation. A partner at WF&B, "Joanie" is well regarded for her strong work ethic, her exceptional research and writing skills, and dedication to her clients. Says firm co-founder Bill Beyer, "Other lawyers in the firm will often seek her advice or ask her to team with them on legally complex cases."

In her 17 years of private practice, she has effectively represented clients in all phases of criminal and civil matters in both federal and state courts. A member of the U.S. District Court's CJA Panel, she has handled a wide variety of criminal cases including antitrust violations, mortgage fraud, drug offenses, environmental law violations, ERISA violations, false statements to federal agencies, immigration offenses, labor violations, Medicare fraud, public corruption, small business loan fraud, theft offenses and student financial aid fraud. On behalf of civil litigants, she has successfully prosecuted cases based on civil rights violations, federal RICO violations, predatory lending violations, shareholders' breach of fiduciary duties, and medical malpractice.

An Ohio native, Ms. Pettinelli received a Bachelor of Arts from North Carolina State University in 1986 and her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990. She then served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Thomas D. Lambros, former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. She was admitted to practice before all Ohio courts in 1990 and joined Wuliger, Fadel & Beyer in 1994, where she is now a partner. Ms. Pettinelli is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and U.S. District Courts in Ohio and Michigan.
Education
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Juris Doctorate

Amy A. Wuliger

ISLN: 917619968
Attorney

Practice Areas:
General Civil Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Appellate Practice; Criminal Law

Admitted: 1997, Maryland; 1998, District of Columbia (currently inactive); 2001, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; 2005, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 2006, U.S. Supreme Court; 2010, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Member: Maryland State Bar Association; American Association of Justice.

Law School: Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 1997

College & Graduate School: Cornell University, B.A. 1991; Cornell Inst. of Public Affairs, M.P.A. 1992

Born: Cleveland, Ohio, 1969

A native of the Cleveland area, Amy A. Wuliger moved to Washington, DC, after receiving her master's degree from Cornell University in foreign policy. She spent several years promoting U.S. agricultural exports to the former Soviet Union and Mexico and monitoring corporate regulatory compliance with the U.S.D.A.'s Market Promotion Program before receiving her law degree from Georgetown University, where she was selected for membership with the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy.

Ms. Wuliger spent the next eight years representing indigent defendants in the District of Columbia where she was selected to be a member of the U.S. and Appellate Panels of the D.C. Courts under the Criminal Justice Act. In that capacity, she represented hundreds of defendants and tried dozens of cases.

She first became affiliated with WF&B in 2000. Since that time, she has assumed a lead role in litigation related to an investor fraud class action lawsuit currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio as counsel for the court-appointed Receiver. She has also been the principal author of numerous appellate briefs resulting in favorable opinions in both state and federal courts, including Liberte Capital Group v. Capwill, 462 F.3d 543 (6th Cir. 2006). She currently resides in Maryland with her husband and two children.
Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center
    Juris Doctorate , 1997

William T. Wuliger

ISLN: 902602135
Attorney

Practice Areas:
Commercial Litigation; Matrimonial Litigation; Professional Malpractice; Personal Injury

Admitted: 1969, Ohio; 1970, U. S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; 1973, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1984, U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Law School: Case Western Reserve University, J.D.

Member: Cleveland Bar Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Biography: Editor-in-Chief of Exeter Jurist, 1968. 1st Assistant Legal Aid Public Defender's Office, 1973-1975. Recipient: Certificate of Merit, Cleveland Bar Association; Claude E. Clarke Award, Legal Aid Society.

Born: Cleveland, Ohio, February 15, 1944

William T. Wuliger is a well known trial attorney who has long championed the rights of his clients. He is recognized for his willingness to fight against those whose superior resources allow greater access to the civil justice system. He devotes most of his practice to civil litigation and appellate advocacy.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Wuliger received his B.A. degree from Miami University in 1965 and his law degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1969. He is admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He has served for more than a decade as Receiver for the United States District Court, Western Division of Ohio in matters pertaining to recovering losses sustained by investors who were victimized by the viatical industry.

Mr. Wuliger has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Exeter Jurist, First Assistant to the Legal Aid Public Defender's Office, and Director of the Legal Aid Federal Defender Program. He is the recipient of the Cleveland Bar Association Meritorious Service Award, Cleveland Bar Association Community Service Award, and the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland Claude E. Clarke Outstanding Service Award. Mr. Wuliger has made numerous presentations to law schools, bar associations, and professional organizations to assist in the continuing education of lawyers and law students.

Mr. Wuliger is a member of the Cleveland Bar Association, American Bar Association, and American Association for Justice.
Education
  • Case Western Reserve University
    Juris Doctorate
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